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Raekwon McMillan was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.

Wu-Tang Raekwon supports Ohio State Raekwon, Aaron Craft talks life in Italy, and moe

Ryan Ginn

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Today is Thursday, May 11, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Raekwon, meet Raekwon

Former Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan has the support of a famous rapper who goes by the same name.

According to ESPN, McMillan was named after Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan because his mom, Monica, liked the hip hop group’s music. Apparently he isn’t alone. The article noted a wild statistic: According to the Social Security Administration there are nearly 1,500 Raekwons out there — all born between 1995 and 1999.

Only one has been drafted into the NFL, though, and that makes Wu-Tang Raekwon a big fan of Ohio State Raekwon.

“It’s a blessing to be able to get that kind of support from people that you never met, and they get an inspiration from you based on your talent and your work ethic in the music business,” the rapper told ESPN. “It’s an honor. I feel honored. I’m happy that I can be some kind of inspiration to somebody to pass down to their family. That’s a beautiful thing.”

McMillan said he wants to find a way to honor Raekwon with a sack celebration, and both want to meet each other. They’ve spoken via social media but the rapper is hoping to change that.

“I would definitely love to meet him, come to the game and support him and be the uncle that he never knew,” Raekwon said. “That’s what it’s about: I’m ‘Uncle Chef’ now.”

Aaron Craft talks life in Italy 

Former Ohio State guard Aaron Craft is finishing up his basketball season in Italy, where he’s averaging 10 points a game for Aquila Basket Trento.

Land of 10’s Sean Keeler caught up with Craft to discuss life in Italy as well as what he thought about Michigan’s recent trip to Rome. Craft, who played in Hungary briefly before signing with Trento for the 2016-17 season, was shocked to hear the Wolverines were headed his way. He loved the idea.

What was your reaction when you first heard Michigan was bringing its entire football team to Italy for the week? 

“My first reaction was, ‘Really?! Are they really here?’ But after I saw it was real, I thought it was pretty cool. That is a life experience many, many people have on their bucket list, and to be able to share that with your team family is pretty incredible. Not to mention someone else [was] probably doing most of the research, telling you how to get in to certain sites, where to go — and all that would be nice!”

Was this a good move/genius move/dumb move for Michigan? Why or why not?

“I think any time you can get your guys thinking outside of themselves and their own little world, it is a good thing. Obviously, you can accomplish this staying a little closer to home, but coming to another part of the world is a great way to get the point across and have it stick in their minds. Not to mention, give guys that never would have done something like this the memory of a lifetime.”

As for Craft, it sounds like he’s enjoying life in Europe.

What have you been up to this season? How have you enjoyed Italy? How does it compare with the D-League, the NBA, etc., back home?

“Overall, this season has gone pretty well. We struggled the first half of the year, but really picked it up the second half and now have put ourselves in a position to make a playoff run.

“Italy has been a fun place for Amber [my wife] and I to live and explore, and the league is pretty strong.

“As far as gameplay, it is more similar to the college style of play with packed paints and limited space, especially as compared to the D-League/NBA game. However, with the 24-second shot clock, games are capable of getting fast-paced at times.”

Be sure to check out Sean’s entire interview with Craft, who also discussed where he’d like to see Ohio State visit for a week.

Mike Adams ready for life after football

If you’re wondering what former Ohio State offensive lineman Mike Adams is up to, check out the crowd shots of American Ninja Warrior. Matt Brown of SB Nation caught up with Adams, an avid fan of the obstacle course show who attended the event in Cleveland.

Adams missed all of 2015 because of back surgery and finished 2016 on injured reserve. That was enough for him to know it was time, and he told Brown he’s retired with no plans to play in 2017.

So what’s he been up to since? A lot of fun stuff, it seems.

“You know, I’m interested in so many different things,” he told Brown. “Like the outdoors. I’m associated with an archery/hunting group, and we have a show on CarbonTV called The Timing of Two Man Archery, so I’m filming a lot of hunts for that.

“I’m also really interested in commercial real estate development. I also talk to men’s groups, churches, and different organizations with kids with developmental disabilities. Plus, I’ve got to finish school (he’s five classes away).”

Ezekiel Elliott probably won’t be quitting his day job

The Dallas Cowboys held their annual charity golf tournament Wednesday, which means there was plenty of footage of Ezekiel Elliott showing off his golf swing.

Before we roll the footage, though, his mother, Dawn, offered an important disclaimer.

With that out the way, let’s see it!

It’s always fun to see how tough golf can be for even the best athletes in the world … but his swing is better than Charles Barkley’s, so at least there’s that.

B1G happenings

Lovie Smith isn’t happy that three of his players were charged with armed robbery.

• Penn State, which lost to Pitt, no longer wants to play Pitt.

• Jim Harbaugh got a nice bonus because of Michigan’s APR success.

• Frank Clark (kind of) apologizes for verbally attacking the author of domestic violence story.

• Michigan State basketball landed a grad transfer.

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